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EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Sensor Technologies for a Healthy and Sustainable Future

Studying at Cambridge


Dr Silvia Vignolini

Departments and Institutes


Research Interests

Dr Vignolini's research activities are at the interface of physics, biology and material science. With her scientific discoveries, she has contributed remarkably to 1) the understanding of how biopolymers self-assemble into complex photonic architectures in nature and 2) how such natural design principles can be exploited to fabricate novel optical materials in a sustainable and scalable way. In particular, she uses optics to understand the assembly of naturally occurring photonic structures, and she exploits biopolymers (mainly polysaccharides, such as cellulose and chitin) to fabricate such bio-inspired materials. By using the same polymers that are used in nature, she additionally elucidates the design principles that are the basis for the evolution of photonic structures in nature.